College Connect was established in 2012 as a comprehensive program for students with disabilities to enhance independence, promote academic success and create opportunities for meaningful relationships.
Created by college professors, and educational and clinical psychologists, College Connect is an evidence-informed response to the growing need for support services after high school.
Students with disabilities are being represented in greater numbers on college campuses and although resources exist, disabled students, who often struggle with social isolation, need to advocate for themselves for the first time.
All College Connect service are available directly on campus with the students
Every student receives a personal coach to model, teach and practice learning and social engagement - key skills for their adult lives.
College Connect targets ways to plan, organize and strategise academic progress to get our students through challenging classes.
We are in partnership with the local community and college campus to enhance identity and an enriched cultural experience.
We create a community of students that support each other. Students meet daily in groups to learn & develop key skills for adult life.
For students and their caregivers:
The first step is to contact your Regional Center Service Coordinator and request an initial interview (intake) for College Connect Services to determine eligibility.
For interested colleges:
Our team is eager to partner with colleges that share our passion for serving students. Contact us by email or phone: 626-691-6519.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“College Connect is an amazing support system to my child. I have seen a significant change in her independent organizational and social skills and she looks forward to participating in the program daily. Her awareness and understanding of college life has also flourished and therefore her self-esteem and confidence has elevated. She speaks highly of everyone she comes in contact with and feels supported and safe. As a working parent, these things give me peace of mind. I am grateful for the program.”
— Alexandra M